Policy on Indigenous Peoples

Institutional Document | April 1998

This paper addresses policy approaches toward recognizing the circumstances of indigenous peoples and identifying measures toward satisfying their needs and aspirations.

This policy is superseded by the Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) approved by the Board of Directors of ADB on 9 June 2009. The SPS took effect on 20 January 2010.

This paper addresses policy approaches toward recognizing the circumstances of indigenous peoples and identifying measures toward satisfying their needs and aspirations. The paper focuses on the participation of indigenous peoples in development and mitigation of undesired effects of development. Section II provides a definition of indigenous peoples; Section III addresses issues of indigenous peoples in development; Section IV discusses laws and international conventions that apply and practices of comparator institutions; Section V presents a set of proposed policy objectives, and operational approaches and procedures; and Section VI addresses organizational implications and resource requirements of formal Bank policy addressing indigenous peoples. Section VII presents specific policy recommendations.

This paper is a policy document, setting out policy proposals relating to indigenous peoples in Bank operations. This policy initiative is undertaken in parallel with specific development interventions of the Bank that would address the needs and concerns of indigenous peoples─projects designed to provide specific developmental support to indigenous peoples.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Definition of Indigenous Peoples
  • Indigenous Peoples and Development
  • Laws and Conventions Affecting Indigenous Peoples
  • Policy Objectives, Processes and, Approaches within ADB
  • Organizational Implications and Resource Requirements
  • Policy on Indigenous Peoples
  • Appendices